ARMENIA HELPED RUSSIA TO DOUSE FIRES BUT FAILED TO HELP ARMENIANS IN JAVAKHQ

Tert.am
25.08.10

Member of the local Armenian youth organization Hayazn, Tigran
Sargsyan, has disseminated an open letter criticizing Armenia's ruling
authorities for their indifference to the wildfires that recently burst
in Samtskhe-Javakhetti, currently Georgia, while sending firefighters
to Russia instead.

Fires in Samtskhe-Javakhetti coincidentally broke out at a time when
Russia too was piling efforts to douse peat bog fires that were
devastating large areas causing a surge in wheat prices in world
prices after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin imposed a ban on
wheat export.

"On August 4 wild fires broke out in Atskuri village in Akhaltskha
region in Samtskhe-Javakhetti. The fires lasted a week. We armenians
did not do anything to help our brothers.

What did we do at the state level? Of course, nothing. We preferred
to help our 'fraternal' Russia, while we did not try to do anything to
help part of our homeland which is at a stone's throw far [from us],"
reads the letter in part.

The letter comes after Armenia sent 4 firefighting vehicles and a
brigade of 28 heavily equipped firefighters to Russia where they
joined the firefighting efforts more than a week.




From: A. Papazian